My Tractor Forum banner

1 - 1 of 1 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,761 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Kuzu also has a dark side. A sea of green tendrils and leaves that blankets seven million acres of the southeastern United States from Mat to October, kuzu smothers utility, poles, trees, and barns. This prolific vine causes millions of dollars in damage each year. It's no wonder that kuzu has been jokingly referred to as "a vegetable form of cancer" and "the weed that are Dixie." Ironically, while irate farmers and utility companies are spending millions spraying kuzu with toxic chemicals, natural foods stores are selling the starch extracted from the powdered root for $16 a pound! In the East, however, kuzu, a member of the legume family, has enjoyed an excellent reputation and has been part of the cuisine of China and Japan for more than two thousand years. The starch that makes kuzu an outstanding idling and thickening agent in cooking is partly responsible for its medicinal action. Some of kuzu's complex starch molecules enter the intestines and relieve the discomfort caused by over acidity, bacterial infection, and in the case of diarrhea, excess water. In many cases of abdominal aching and intestinal irritation, a bowl of kuzu gruel or pudding brings quick relief, particularly for children, who like the taste of the kuzu cream. KUZU
 
1 - 1 of 1 Posts
Top